The Role of the Chief Human Resources Officer in the Boardroom

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The Role of the Chief Human Resources Officer in the Boardroom
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
A Corporate HR Officer (CHRO) used to be relatively unimportant in terms of influencing decision-making compared to other C-suite functions ( such as the CEO, CFO, COO, CIO, CTO, and CMO), mainly focusing on administrative tasks as establishing compensation plans. Since the past decades, however, they have gained importance: often they are reporting directly to the CEO and as such they can be said to be one of the CEOs key advisors. Their growing importance has resulted in a change in the requirements for new CHROs. A high level of leadership skills and strategy implementation skills are nowadays required.

The Role of the Chief Human Resources Officer in the Boardroom
Sandeep Hariani, Consultant, India, Member
People management is one of the key agenda points of the CEO, along with Bottom line growth, Customer retention, etc
So whether the CEO is from a...

Advisory Role of CHRO in the Boardroom
Shumba, Student (Other), Zimbabwe, Member
Many (HR) advisory roles are the responsibility of the CHRO and if HR practices are not in line with the law the company can make losses through litig...

Requirements for a CHRO to Succeed as a CEO
Fiery Agramon, Manager, Saudi Arabia, Member
For a CHRO to succeed as a CEO, he needs to be very strong, not just in workforce and human capital management or even in leadership skills, but also ...

The Role of Chief Human Resources Officer in the Boardroom
Zaddock Oguta, Consultant, Kenya, Member
My classroom experience on the same ignites me to support the above contributions, especially @Shumba's. A successf...

Reflection of the Growing Importance of Human Factors?
Ben Smith, Manager, United Kingdom, Member
In developed economies where service and tertiary industries are having growing importance, it makes sense to choose someone who is good at spotting t...

Every Institution Creates It's Own Potential CEO Successor
Fahrettin Otluoglu, CMC, Management Consultant, Turkey, Member
I think this question could only be regarded relevant at large and global institutions where C-suites are necessary. This position is necessary where ...

It All Depends - Mindsets and Behavioral Style versus Traits and Preferences
Ulrich Schweiker, Director, Germany, Member
As former Corporate HR Leader (a label I do prefer to Chief Human Resources Officer) as well as former Corporate Chief (Officer? Or Leader?) I do appr...

CHROs Can Become CEOs If...
Deborah Kramer, Management Consultant, United States, Member
If you define an effective CHRO in the way that Ulrich and Filler do, then it follows that these individuals may be very good CEO candidates. But rese...

CEO versus CHRO
Greg Johnson, Coach, United States, Premium Member
There are a few great comments that are on point. I agree with Schweiker, Agramon and Hariani.
Traditionally the HR function has not been of a bu...

From Mere Support to Strategic Relevance
Joseph L Mbolota, HR Consultant, Zambia, Member
What do you do when you have done all you can to warrant a sit at the board table. Especially in an environment where every other Jim and Jack feel th...

CHRO as a Successor to CEO
Paul D. Wilson, Manager, United States, Member
@Deborah Kramer: I agree. The role of the CEO requires a view of the world and the business environment that the CH...

CHRO in the Boardroom
Yagappen Stephen, Sri Lanka, Member
Board room is the place where business is spoken and the CHRO has to be aligned with business thinking. This is the contribution the CHRO can make by ...

People Director Role
Andy Radka, Director, United Kingdom, Premium Member
Agreed though I think title should be changed to People not HR - or to Organisational Development Director....

Looking for a new CEO
Pierce, Consultant, Member
To me the current position does not matter. I would look at the person and the value they could add with their skill set. I would choose a lower posit...

Chief Human Resource Officer's Role on the Boardroom?
Sandy Musallam, Editor, United States, Member
Perhaps it's not a great idea to mix the CHRO with the Board. The CHRO needs to maintain a very objective position when hiring new talents for the org...

The Redundant HR Position
Greenberg, Business Consultant, Canada, Member
I do not put much value on the importance of HR personnel. More often than not they have too high an opinion of their contribution to the organization...

HRO as Future CEO?
Rossy Supardi, HR Consultant, Indonesia, Member
Agree, a very important factor in business is its people. A business is built by people. So a good CHRO might become a good CEO as long as he or she b...

All Officers Play an Important Part
Cesar, Teacher, Mexico, Member
After all, we need to remember that every officer is an important piece at the company, so every quarterback plays a strategic role in the business gr...

Is the CHRO the Best Fit for the Position of CEO?
Zeb O. WATURUOCHA, Management Consultant, India, Member
It is important to note that the CHRO along with the CEO are the two principal positions that are in touch with each and every division, department or...

CHRO as Future CEO
ghanshyam, Project Manager, India, Member
H.R. persons normally absorb the organization function by hearsay, without any accountability. This gives only superficial knowledge. For any role cha...

HR Dealing with People is Like Teaching and Sports ..
Ulrich Schweiker, Director, Germany, Member
@Joseph L Mbolota: Well, this is a classic to HR.
It is comparable to the teachers' dilemma: all parents consi...

Role of Chief of HR in Board Room
K.Narayana Moorthy, HR Consultant, India, Member
The main Chief HRO Roles are:
  1. Convincing others with a strong will of steel that HRM is very much deeply involved in Strategy Formulation...

From HR Managers Roles & Responsibilities to CEO
Feraidoon Bakhtiari, CxO / Board, Iran, Member
A good HR manager is a strategist, developer, planner, promoter and organizer. This means that such a person has the ability to perform management. An...

Role of Chief of HR or HR Manager in India
bhumika, Student (University), India, Member
In India, the role of HR is very important. The HR Manager or Chief HR takes the decisions relating to the employees and deals with any grievances of ...

The Role of the CHRO in C-Suite / Can the CHRO Make an Appropriate CEO?
Veteran Air Commodore DR HSR, Consultant, India, Member
The discussion is mind provoking. I would like to share an example which I generally give in HR talks. If you open your watch on your wrist, you'll se...

CHRO as Potential Successor to CEO
Ed Neri, HR Consultant, Philippines, Member
I agree that a CHRO has the potential to be successor to a CEO although not as often as we would want to. The CHRO, to be considered, must learn skill...

CHRO Most Relevant in Knowledge Industries
Indeed this discussion is mind provoking. Undoubtedly in a knowledge-based industry or entity the CHRO's prominence in the board room is logical given...

From Chief HR to CEO
K.Narayana Moorthy, HR Consultant, India, Member
It is agreed that a CHRO typically has the potential to become CEO. He can be a competing candidate in the selection process of CEO.
The CHRO als...

Preparing Candidates for CEO Role
Zeb O. WATURUOCHA, Management Consultant, India, Member
@K.Narayana Moorthy: I would not use the word 'competing candidate'. Rather I would use 'best fit', provided there ...

Role of Human Resources Management in Reality
rajiv gupta, Business Consultant, India, Member
In India, what we actually see is that HR leadership is mainly focused on service delivery, i.e., they are focused on providing discrete HR services l...

The Role of the CHRO
Chikumbu Happy, Lecturer, Zimbabwe, Member
A CEO's primary role is to create a competitive advantage for his/her organisation. This function is made possible by the timeliness of gathering and ...

CHRO not a Potential Replacement of CEO
Gwande, Project Manager, Zimbabwe, Member
While I agree that the CHRO plays a key role in effective and well managed companies, they cannot be CEO. Their focus is the human component of the or...

CHRO as a Potential Replacement of CEO
Tabary, Strategy Consultant, France, Premium Member
Definitely this position has climbed in importance and place within the organisation and now sits in the boardroom.
The task of overseeing and kn...

'Hard Science'?
Ulrich Schweiker, Director, Germany, Member
@Gwande: May I remember that the discussion on hard and soft is misleading: if we would take the same efforts to m...

CHRO, a Vital Cog in the Organization's Executive Wheel
Sonny Vicente, Coach, Philippines, Member
I agree with most of the foregoing reactions that the HR function has already transcended the outmoded former perception of just being a recorder, dis...

CHRO and Organization Growth
K.Narayana Moorthy, HR Consultant, India, Member
The old OD concept is: "a planned, organization-wide effort, managed from the top, to increase an organization's effectiveness and health through plan...

HRM and Organisational Alignment
Akintunde Olusegun, Consultant, Nigeria, Member
The greatest asset of any organization is its human capital. Behind every operation is this all-important element to put to work all other factors of ...

CHRO is the King Maker
dodi gunawan, Indonesia, Member
Based on my 26 years of HR experience, it is clear that CHRO is the king maker for other main functions of the organization:
- We develop organiz...

Promoting The CHRO to the CEO Position
ghanshyam, Project Manager, India, Member
In India, the majority of companies are family managed.

In these companies, the CHRO role is not fully operational. Seventy-five percent of t...

Sustainable Development Enhances the Relevance of HR in the C-suite Level
Indeed the role of the C-suite HR practitioner will get much more pronounced within the next year; as the cruising gears change from Millennium Develo...


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